Guy Mathias appointed chairman elect for 2019 by The Security Commonwealth

Guy Mathias FSyI

Guy Mathias FSyI

At the September meeting of The Security Commonwealth, Guy Mathias FSyI was confirmed as a vice-chairman and chairman elect of the organisation for 2019. The Security Commonwealth is an umbrella organisation of independent membership bodies across the security industry and provides a forum to consult and co-operate in the common interest and in the promotion of professionalism, good practice and information sharing with a view towards enhancing UK security.

Mathias will take over from Joe Connell in January, but as chairman elect he will start to work with the existing management team of Connell, immediate past chairman David Clark CPP PCI PSP, secretary Dave Cooke CPP, Graham Bassett and Mike Hurst CPP in order to ensure a smooth transition.

Matthias is a subject matter expert on extremism and a former recipient of the prestigious UK Security Manager of the Year Award for Services to Industry. He directed counter-extremist operations for Huntingdon Life Sciences during an unprecedented campaign of public order threat, violence and intimidation, whereby he was responsible for physical security, staff protection and pre-employment/contractor screening.

In addition, Matthias has lectured on the threat posed by extremism to the industrial, academic and Government sectors  and delivered numerous presentations to international industry and Government audiences.

Corporate security role

Chair of the UK Pharmaceutical Industry Security Forum from 2009 to 2014, Matthias played a pivotal role in developing and maintaining close working relationships with the industrial, academic and Government sectors. He also served as corporate security advisor to GSK and was responsible for auditing the company’s global manufacturing facilities as well as writing a treatise entitled ‘Extremism: Past, Present, Future’.

Across the years, Matthias has conducted several risk and security reviews for organisations in the research and pharmaceutical sector. He’s a Fellow of The Security Institute and has recently finished a six-year elected service as its Validation Board chairman and strategy director. In tandem, Matthias is also a member of ASIS International’s UK Chapter and the Risk and Security Management Forum.

At present, Matthias is the risk and operations director at Suntory and chairman of the Food and Drink Security Association. He has recently been appointed as the Eastern Region chair for the Cross-Sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSC) initiative. The Security Commonwealth has recently agreed to support the CSSC financially and has requested that member organisations make a contribution to this important initiative.

Positioning the organisation

Speaking about his appointment, Matthias told Risk Xtra: “I’m delighted to be taking on the chair’s role at The Security Commonwealth and seek to continue the significant work which has been conducted by my predecessors in positioning the organisation. Our aim is to continue to seek engagement with industry, Government and the public sector and to ensure a voice for all of the security organisations represented. I look forward to working with all of the constituent bodies who are affiliated.”

Current chair Joe Connell added: “I’m very pleased to welcome Guy to the Board as vice-chairman and chairman elect for 2019. We have been making steady progress in establishing The Security Commonwealth over recent years. Guy’s appointment marks an important milestone as I’m sure that, with a chairman and two vice-chairmen working in close partnership, The Security Commonwealth will continue to grow in stature and achieve its aims of improving communication, collaboration and influence within the security sector.”

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About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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